The history of KLSI dates back to 1986 when the Korean Labour Education Association(KLEA) was established by Kim Keumsoo(the current president of KLSI), Chun Youngse (the current general secretary of the Democratic Labor Party) and other comrades who had been involved in the labour movement in Korea since 1970s. KLEA had prioritised its effort on educating workers so as to make a pool of union leadership/activists for the Korean labour movement. This ultimately led to the Great Workers' Struggle in 1987.
In May 1995, KLSI took its first step as a think-tank of the Korean labour movement, succeeding to KLEA. KLSI was founded with support of trade unionists, social movement leaders, scholars, and individuals who had fought for democary and social justice. Since 1995, KLSI has conducted research, education courses and publications for the Korean labor community.
KLSI prioritise itself on formulating trade union policies and initiating social movement strategy.
KLSI conducts research and education for the Korean trade union movement.
KLSI produces labor-related documents and materials for dissemination to the labour community.KLSI dedicates itself to democratise and humanise the Korean society as well as to reunify the Korean Peninsula.
KLSI joins in the efforts to build international network for social justice and equality against neo-liberal globalisation.
What do we do
Research & Survey
We conduct research and survey in the area of labour market, labour relations, labour policies trade union organisation and workplace-related issues.
Education & Training
We provide educational courses for trade unionists including union leadership training, educators/organisers residential courses, labour schools and study circles.
We publish books and monthly bulletin(Labour Society Bulletin) covering labor/society-related issues as well as produce handbooks and manuals for trade unionists.
We organise a monthly iic for trade unionists and scholars to discuss current issues in the labor and social movement.
We form networks to link the labour movement to the social movement at t-he national and international levels. Nationally, we maintain close relation-ship with progressive movements and Internationally, we have been involved i-n the South African(COSATU-NALEDI) / Brazilian(CUT-DESEP) / South Korean(KCTU-KLSI) trade union exchange programme since 1995. Additionally, we have been affiliated to the International Federation of Workers Educational Association(IFWEA) since 1997.
Currently, KLSI has 700 members comprising of trade unionists, academics and individuals who have interest on labour issues. KLSI has two types of membership: full member and observer member. All the members have access to publications, educational services, seminars as well as consultations. However, only full members are entitled to decision-making in the KLSI congress whereas observer members could also join.
KLSI holds a yearly congress where members meet to assess the work of KLSI and make decisions on activity plans as well as budget.
Board of Directors
KLSI board consists of 30 members, most of whom are trade union leadership including national/industrial federations affiliates of KCTU and FKTU; other members are social movement leadership, academics, lawyers, as well as MPs.
The board meets twice a year to assess the work of KLSI as well as give advice for future activities.
KLSI finances its activities from membership dues and external sources through research and education projects.
President Lee Wonbo
Director Roh Kwangpyo
Senior Researcher Kim Yousun
International Research Fellow